The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of adventure.
Campbell’s surgery went very well, and she emerged with two new fingers in splints and bandaged feet. Campbell’s surgery was at CHOC, and while there, we saw three of her therapists: Julie (Braille Institute), Su Jin (PT), and Polly (OT), as well as Candace, CHOC’s concierge nurse. One of Campbell’s surgeons and our friend Jason Toranto visited us in the waiting room, and a nurse who attends Eastside came by to see Campbell once she settled in her room.
Campbell and Su Jin, her CHOC physical therapist
Because of Campbell’s pain management, we were apprehensive about flying so soon, but we had no need to worry. Joel and I felt God’s grace as our flight back to CO was the best we’ve had with any of our children, let alone right after surgery.
The boys had a ball with Momma Ann while we were in CA. Our freezer is full of cookies they made together.
PUSHING THROUGH PAIN TO GOD’S BEST
We’ve been looking forward to this finger release for some time, and our excitement for the results were tempered by seeing our girl struggle with pain. The reality is in order for her to receive the gift of fingers and better dexterity, she has to endure the painful process of surgery and rehab. It’s ironic how our emotional and spiritual journey mimics Campbell’s physical one. In order to receive the best blessings, we have to push through the pain of what looks like a shattered mess.
How many times have we found unexpected joy after a particularly hard run? Watching Campbell push through her pain to the blessing encourages me that God really does desire good for those who love Him. The story does not end with the mess.
After a few days of rest, Campbell bounced back and the following week, she and I visited the kindergarten class at Southeast Christian School in Parker, CO to talk about differences and how to choose kindness. We read a book together called It’s Okay to be Different and I shared a little about Campbell’s story. Inquisitive and curious, the students asked some great questions, and we talked about choosing to be kind and friendly when someone looks or acts different. Our time ended with dancing to music with the students. Many thanks to Mrs. Izzi and her class of Smarties for a great morning!
Mrs. Izzi’s class of Smarties!
Two weeks passed quickly, and soon, we were once airborne to visit Dr. Jones and Dr. Weinert. While Campbell did not appreciate the cast removal process (she cried during the soaking off of the inner bandages), she immediately took to her new fingers and began exploring them. Her fingers emerged raw and scabbed, yet beautiful. Her toes look great, too, and she has resumed walking. Watch out, world! Campbell is on the loose!
First look at her fingers
A visit with Julie from Braille Institute
Campbell and our dear friend Karen
Running her new fingers under water for the first time
We’re almost a week into bandage changes, and Campbell is doing well. She’ll have one more follow-up in a few weeks to make sure the skin grafts have taken and there are no infections.
Thank you so much for your prayers and notes of encouragement! God has blessed us through you, and we are grateful.